Tiny feet at safari park

Eland at Knowsley Safari Park
Eland at Knowsley Safari Park

The arrival of spring means visitors to Knowsley Safari will be hearing the pitter-patter of tiny hooves as they drive around the park.

As the mornings lighten and the weather gets warmer, the Safari’s eland and Père David’s deer herds are celebrating new arrivals.

Eland

Eland

In the first couple of weeks, the Père David’s fawns remain hidden from view, with visits from their mothers for feeding. After this, they start to graze with the herd at three weeks old. The eland calves can often be spotted surrounded by the wildebeest as they become quite fond and protective of the newborns in their early stages!

Once they find their feet visitors will see these playful creatures jumping and bouncing around as they play together - a sight not to be missed!

Eveline de Wolf, Head of Animal Collection, at Knowsley Safari, says: “Spring kicks off a whole new type of animal care for us as we begin to see much more activity from our animals. It’s a really exciting time for us and the visitors, and especially exciting to see how some of our animals form bonds with the offspring of other species!”